Neuromuscular Therapy ...and more

Linda Romano, cnmt
...helping those in chronic pain

Education and Philosophy

My Education

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Trained  at the National Holistic Institute of Massage and Health Education in Los Angeles, California.
State Certified - CATMC
National Certification - NCBTMB
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
Pacific Institute of Aroma Therapy



Hospice Training - Heart Touch Project in Los Angeles, Ca
http://www.hearttouch.org/hospice-program

CPR Certified


About My Practice & Philosophy

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  •  I enjoy working with a more specific clientele instead of the "general population".
    Clients come to me for specific reasons so... A high attention to detail is important to have in a therapeutic practice that serves athletes, seniors & children.
    I focus on new & old injuries and assist in keeping muscles 'pliable' while you're in PT (physical therapy).
    Once the muscles regain their pliability & flexibility...I introduce my clients to Pilates because it elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity, tone and joint mobility.
    In addition: My clients also enjoy muscle wraps blended specifically for their needs with herbs and essential oils... 

Experienced Knowledge

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  • 7 years working with children and adults from all over the Bay Area in Northern California in Half Moon Bay
    6 years practicing Pilates years and studied at Studio Pilates in Studio City.- Los Angeles, Ca
    Currently - Continuing education in Pilates and working with those with skeletal and muscle issues.


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What Is Neuromuscular Therapy

What Is Neuromuscular Therapy?

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 Neuromuscular Therapy is a deep tissue muscular therapy designed to offer very effective relief for muscular / skeletal pain symptoms due to chronic pain, injury, postural dysfunction, stress, stiffness, aging and fatigue.

The technique of neuromuscular therapy involves a precise micro stretching of each muscle involved in the condition you are suffering from.  No machines of any type are used. 

Only the human touch is used in this technique.
Suffering from pain more times than not involves the “deeper muscles” as the cause of the problem. Throughout your body, there are areas where muscles lay on top of each other, sometimes 3 or 4 deep in layer. The 3rd or 4th layer many times is the culprit. It may possess trigger point activity, hyper contraction (extreme tightness), and inflammation. When this muscle becomes tight due to injury, stress, etc., it is now programmed to stay tight to protect the bones from further injury or the muscle itself from tearing. The tendency will be to become tighter as time goes on simply because it doesn’t know to stop tightening. The muscles are attached to bones by their tendons. Many muscles overlap a joint (two bones attached) and as a injured / stressed muscle tightens, it begins to tug on the two bones (the joint), which leads to pain in the joint (a symptom of arthritis), limited range of motion of the joint, muscular pain, trigger point pain in the muscle, tendon inflammation (tendonitis), swelling. This scenario can occur anywhere in the body where two bones articulate ( joint).

When  Neuromuscular Therapy technique is applied to these “deeper muscles” the micro stretching which is very thorough begins to re-elongate these muscles and returns them to their full length, thus, removing the tug on the bones/joints and many times eliminating the inflammation and discomfort you were having. Range of joint motion always improves also.

When the human muscle/skeletal system is given the chance to unravel itself from a hyper contractive state, self healing is than given the opportunity to flush out the inflammatory toxicity. With this, wellness may be at hand. 

How To Maintain & Strengthen

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 Depending on the severity of your  condition, NMT can typically take 
​ 3-10 sessions (sessions can be weeks  or months) to really reach the results  we both look for.

Once I see the muscles are truly "ready" to begin their journey back to strength...I introduce Pilates.

  • Pilates will help strengthen the weak areas. The moves are specifically targeted for your specific needs. These are not Pilates "classes" the emphasis here is the theraputic need to "target" areas that have been weak due to injury or post-surgery stiffness".

    What is Pilates for rehabilitation? Is it the original or classical work touted by millions around the world as the best “ab–buster”? No. It is, however, the powerful and flexible environment that Pilates equipment can provide for clients with an ability to manipulate gravity and supply assistance to movement that might normally be too fatiguing to execute. It is also the combined principles of breathing, core strengthening, alignment, integration and spine articulation that offer an opportunity to re–align the body and mind. 
  •  Pilates can be manipulated to create a positive movement experience for special populations that cannot be over heated or fatigued (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS). The ability to modify a functional activity – like sit–to–stand, reaching, rotating, and walking within the Pilates environment – is key to a successful movement experience. The ability to grade difficulty using springs, levers, and gravity provides a continuum that can help patients reach their ultimate rehabilitation goal – the successful restoration of function. 

  

Additional Supportive Therapeutic Therapies

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Body Brushing

 The mechanical action of dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating dry winter skin. It also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward. 

Full Body or Back/Hands/Foot scrubs...

 Soothing discomfort and pain.

  • Sloughing away buildup for smoother, healthier skin.
  • Protecting feet from further damage.
  • Loosening tight arches, toes and heels.
  • Improving flexibility and range of motion of the toes, feet and ankles.
  • Relaxing the entire body.

Muscle Wraps

 Compression will  help to stabilize the muscle and decrease the amount of muscular vibration, resulting in decreased fatigue. To sum up the benefits of compression; enhanced performance through increased blood flow, quicker recovery and decreased muscle soreness, and less fatigue. 

Testimonials

CM - El Granada

 My visits to Linda have really helped me to overcome nerve pain due to spinal disc compression.  In addition to making me feel less pain and tingling she is also educating me on my condition. She spends the time necessary to address my needs in a comforting manner. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to get her help. She also follows up after each session to be sure I am ok and always ready for feedback to improve on what we do next. Linda is knowledgeable and caring. 

JC - Saratoga

 I had a great experience with Linda.  As a long time sufferer from a herniated disc, Linda was able to relieve some of my pain within our first session, as well as inform me what was going on with my body. I'm really happy to have found her and look forward to more future healing! 

RK - Half Moon Bay

 Linda is AMAZING!  I have only had a few treatments with her, but I no longer have to take Advil after I've been standing for long periods - my legs used to ache for days, and now it's totally gone!  

I also have a lot more energy than I used to have.

Linda is totally calm, knowledgeable, and professional in her treatments and does an excellent job of explaining what she's doing.  She also does written assessments after each visit and best of all, she never tires of my questions.  : )

It's hard to believe that a neuromuscular therapist can make such a difference, but she has, and I have recommended her to all of my friends.  Seriously, if you are considering going to Linda, I can't recommend her enough - you won't be disappointed! 

KH - Burbank, Ca

 Linda is AWESOME! Patient and thorough, knowledgeable and professional, she does what she loves and it shows amazing results.
I went to see her for my shoulder injury because just the physical therapy didn't do the trick, and now I am finally on my way to recovery.
Thank you Linda :) 

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Linda Romano, CNMT

725 Main St, suite 4 Half Moon Bay, California 94019, United States

(650) 431-4126

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